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Cable drag chains enhance design flexibility for bespoke commercial vehicles

29 November 2019

Cable drag chains are an essential component in any application where cables or hoses are required to move. Cable drag chains are commonly found as an integral part of machine tools, process and automation machinery, and overhead cranes.

A lesser known, but equally important use for these systems is within the commercial vehicle sector, where robust yet lightweight plastic drag chains provide bespoke vehicle designers the freedom and flexibility needed for many innovative applications. 

Although not initially apparent, we do see examples of cable drag chains within the commercial vehicle sector every day. Anyone of us unfortunate enough to have had a breakdown on the road, will most likely have been recovered by a vehicle where the flatbed slides backwards and down to allow the car to be loaded.

A cable drag chain, often located out of view underneath the truck bed, protects all the electric cables, essential for the operation of the flatbed, emergency lighting and power winch. 

Other common uses for cable drag chains within this sector can be seen on car transporter vehicles, where they are an essential component in protecting and managing the cables and hydraulic lines which connect the two tiers of the vehicle.

Read the full article in the December issue of DPA.

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